Veterans Day gratitude


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In advance of tomorrow — Veterans Day — a couple of relevant, Rappahannock-centric moments to pass on: On Oct. 29 in Manassas, Rep. Robert Wittman (left), chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee, presented a Navy citation for bravery to Amissville nonagenarian Chilton “Chilly” Raiford, a decorated Navy vet who survived a devastating attack by a Japanese kamikaze pilot while serving aboard the USS Randolph. (Also present for the ceremony was Raiford’s older sister Claudia Waldrep, at right; Raiford will be 94 later this month; his sister is 97.)

And the kids at Washington’s Child Care and Learning Center recently dedicated their new train — an iconic CCLC playground fixture replaced last month with the help of a local foundation — in honor of those brave veterans who fought for peace and freedom.

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